Chicagoans will be showing their colors with pride this weekend in support of the city’s LGBTQ+ community and June Pride Month. Join in the various Pride celebrations or have a more casual, quiet weekend! There’s always something for everyone!!
Sunday culminates June Pride Month with the 50th annual Chicago Pride Parade kicking off at noon at Montrose Avenue and Broadway Street in the Uptown neighborhood and ending near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Canon Drive in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. This year’s theme is Stonewall 50: “Millions of Moments of Pride.” The parade will once again feature floats, decorated vehicles, marching bands, and walking contingents with Mayor Lori Lightfoot as the Honorary Grand Marshal, Molly Pinta as the Youth Grand Marshal, and Joel Hall, Jim Flint, and Marge Summit as the Legacy Grand Marshals! The energy of the city really peaks at this parade!!
But before the big parade, Saturday offers the following Pride events for you to join the celebrations:
The 4th annual Navy Pier Pride, presented by American Airlines, takes place at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood from 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. This free event consists of a full day of family-friendly festivities in honor of the LGBTQ+ community. Highlights include Story Time With Drag Queens, the Lakeside Pride Marching Band, the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, Live Music & Entertainment at the Miller Lite Beer Garden, and much more! It’s an ideal way to celebrate Chicago Pride!!
An ALL NEW FEST, Chicago Pride in the Park takes place at Grant Park (377 E. Monroe St./Main Entrance) in The Loop from 1:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Music will run the gamut with top national and local performers such as Iggy Azalea and Steve Aoki, Tamar Braxton, Taylor Dayne, and many others. There will be an eclectic mix of great food from DineAmic Group’s Bar Siena, Public House, and Bombo Bar, arts & crafts vendors, and fireworks at dusk!
For those of us who prefer a more casual, quiet time, there are two art festivals on Saturday and Sunday:
The 11th annual Millennium Art Festival takes place at Michigan Avenue and Lake Street (100 E. Lake St.) in the Streeterville neighborhood. Festival goers will enjoy an array of original artwork from 110 juried artists, a variety of live performances, interactive experiences like a freestanding graffiti wall, and delicious food from local restaurants! Admission is FREE!!
The Logan Square Arts Festival takes place at 3107 W. Logan Boulevard in the Logan Square neighborhood celebrating its 10th anniversary. Festival goers can enjoy two stages of live music, visual art, performance art, dance, craft beers from local breweries, and delicious eats from neighborhood restaurants! It’s one of this neighborhood’s most beloved events!!
This weekend’s Movies in the Parks are:
“Smallfoot” – Grand Crossing Park (7655 S. Ingleside Ave.) – Greater Grand Crossing
“Breathless/A Bout De Souffle” – Lincoln Park (500-5700 N. Lake Shore Dr. — south of Belmont Ave./east of Lake Shore Dr.) – Lincoln Park
“The LEGO Movie 2” – Holstein Park (2200 N. Oakley Ave.) – Logan Square
“Dunkirk” – Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens (1801 S. Indiana Ave.) – South Loop
Come Join Us as We Show our Colors with Pride!